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CONCERT REVIEW: Stevie Nicks tour gets off to perfect start

MANSFIELD — Rock ‘n’ roll has many special rituals, but none more extraordinary than when Stevie Nicks receives gifts from the audience at the end of her show. The affectionate moment always comes during the song “Edge of Seventeen,” and it always yields a booty that has to be seen to be believed. As Nicks walked the front of the stage last night, she was handed all manner of stuffed animals, hats, flowers, wreathes and even a book entitled Angel Voices.

“I’ll look at it all,” Nicks promised to an intensely loyal and rabid following of 10,000 fans last night at Great Woods. Many of the fans, in another ritual that surrounds her shows, treated the night like a summer Halloween party, dressing in diaphanously witchy, lacy black outfits just like Nicks.

We’re happy to report that Nicks justified the audience kudos last night. It was the opening date of her first tour in three years, but she sounded as strong as she has in a decade. She’s unfortunately famed for blowing her voice out during some tours (dating back to her days in Fleetwood Mac), but her voice was a model of resilience and power last night, as she really belted though such revved-up tunes as “Rhiannon,” “Stand Back” and a scorching version of Tom Petty’s late-’70s garage-rock gem, “I Need to Know.”

Nicks also won points for her gracious honesty. “I’m very nervous. We haven’t played a show in a long time,” she said. “But I’m very glad to be in Boston. Boston has been a special place for me.”

She made it special by really pouring her heart out last night. She played fashion icon with nine costume changes (most were accessorized additions of rock-princess scarves, robes and crystal-bedecked shirts), but what stood out was the emotional commitment to her music, from the opening “Dreams” (a Fleetwood Mac hit) to soft piano ballads and several midtempo songs from her new disc, Street Angel.

As solid as the show was, though, she could have chosen better tunes from the new album. The hazy “Docklands” and vacantly poppy “Blue Denim” were performed, but this listener, at least, would have preferred more deep-meaning new tracks “Greta,” “Jane” (a tribute to nature scientist Jane Goodall) and Nicks’ exalted cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman.”

But there was no quibbling with Nicks’ emphatic vocal energy last night, nor with her chomping-at-the-bit band, featuring cut-loose guitarist Rick Vito (a Fleetwood Mac alumnus), dual keyboardists Marty Grebb and Dan Garfield, drummer nonpareil Russ Kunkel (formerly with James Taylor) and a trio of lively backup singers that included Sara Fleetwood, the former wife of Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood.

The show belonged to Nicks, however, whose regal tastes extended to stage design as well. The stage looked like a Victorian mantle, with floral-colored furniture chests out frong and a large, gold-framed picture of a Sulamith Wulfing painting (a bizarre scene of a dragon fighting a mermaid at sea) in the back. Not your average rock set, but Nicks, as she proved dramatically last night, is hardly your average rock singer.

Opening act Darden Smith played subtly tuneful solo acoustic and solo keyboard songs, but they should have put up a curtain so he could have created his own mood and not be confused with the Victorian setting in the back.

Steve Morse / Boston Globe / July 23, 1994


LIVE IN CONCERT (2023-2024)

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FEB 10, 2024
Mark G Etess Arena
Atlantic City, NJ

FEB 14, 2024
UBS Arena
Belmont Park, NY

FEB 17, 2024
CFG Bank Arena
Baltimore, MD

FEB 21, 2024
Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Greenville, SC

FEB 24, 2024
Hard Rock Live
Hollywood, FL

FEB 28, 2024
Smoothie King Center
New Orleans, LA

MAR 3, 2024
CHI Health Center
Omaha, NE

MAR 6, 2024
Simmons Bank Arena
North Little Rock, AR

MAR 9, 2024
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, TX
Billy Joel

MAY 3, 2024 – MAY 5, 2024
Lovin’ Life Fest
Charlotte, NC

MAY 7, 2024
Enterprise Center
St Louis, MO

MAY 10, 2024
WinStar World Casino & Resort
Thackerville, OK

MAY 14, 2024
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, TN

MAY 18, 2024
Frost Bank Center
San Antonio, TX

MAY 21, 2024
Yaamava’ Resort & Casino – Yaamava’ Theater
Highland, CA

MAY 24, 2024
BottleRock Napa Valley
Napa, CA

MAY 27, 2024
Delta Center
Salt Lake City, UT

MAY 30, 2024
Ball Arena
Denver, CO

Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN

JUN 9 
Mohegan Sun Casino
Uncasville, CT

JUN 12
MVP Arena
Albany, NY

JUN 15 
Hersheypark Stadium
Hershey, PA

JUN 18
Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids, MI

JUN 21, 2024
Soldier Field
Chicago, IL

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Previous 2023 dates

March 10, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Los Angeles, CA
SoFi Stadium

March 15, 2023
Seattle, WA
Climate Pledge Arena

March 18, 2023
Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena

May 12, 2023
Raleigh, NC
PNC Arena

May 16, 2023
Knoxville, TN
Thompson-Boling Arena

May 19, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Nashville, TN
Nissan Stadium

May 22, 2023
Atlanta, GA
State Farm Arena

May 25, 2023
Orlando, FL
Amway Center

June 16, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Philadelphia, PA
Lincoln Financial Field

June 20, 2023
Toronto, ON (Canada)
Scotiabank Arena

June 23, 2023
Chicago, IL
United Center

June 27, 2023
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center

August 5, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Columbus, OH
Ohio Stadium

August 8, 2023
Milwaukee, WI
Fiserv Forum

August 12, 2023
Houston, TX
Toyota Center

August 15, 2023
Austin, TX
Moody Center

August 19, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Kansas City, MO
Arrowhead Stadium

September 23, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Foxborough, MA
Gillette Stadium

September 27, 2023
Pittsburgh, PA
PPG Paints Arena

October 1, 2023
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

October 4, 2023
Buffalo, NY
KeyBank Center

October 7, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Baltimore, MD 
M&T Bank Stadium

October 28, 2023
Memphis, TN
FedEx Forum

November 1, 2023
Savannah, GA
Enmarket Arena

November 4, 2023
Allentown, PA
PPL Center

November 7, 2023
Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Arena

November 10, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Minneapolis, MN
U.S. Bank Stadium

November 29, 2023
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena

December 2, 2023
Inglewood, CA
The Kia Forum

December 5, 2023
Palm Desert, CA
Acisure Arena

December  8, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Phoenix, AZ
Chase Field

December 12, 2023
Sacramento, CA
Golden 1 Center

December 15, 2023
San Francisco, CA
Chase Center

2022 Tour

Stevie Nicks

Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass, CO
Labor Day 2022

Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL
September 8, 2022
September 10, 2022

Pine Knob Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI
September 13, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sea Hear Now Festival
Asbury, NJ
September 17, 2022

Xfinity Center
Mansfield, MA
September 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Maine Savings Amphitheatre
Bangor, ME
September 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sound on Sound Festival
Bridgeport, CT
September 24-25, 2022

Ohana Festival
Dana Point, CA
September 30, 2022

Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
October 3, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ak-Chin Pavilion

Phoenix, AZ
October 6, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands, TX
October 9, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Alpharetta, GA
October 12, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ascend Amphitheater
Nashville, TN
October 16, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Credit One Stadium
Charleston, SC
October 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, NC
October 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL
October 25, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
October 28, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Orion Amphitheatre
Huntsville, AL
October 31, 2022


Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX
November 2, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ak-Chin Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ
November 5, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton